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  • Europeans in the Philippines #4: The Rest

  • 1976 - Laure(A-Erre Cinematografica)

    [export title “Forever Emmanuelle”]

    Directors Emmanuelle Arsan, Ovidio G. Assonitis Writers Emmanuelle Arsan, Sonia Molteni Music Franco Micalizzi Cinematography Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli Editor Angelo Curi Costume Design Jacques Fonteray Key Hair Stylist Giancarlo De Leonardis Assistant Director Peter Shepherd

    Cast Homer Adams (Steve), Al Cliver (Nicola), Marianne Afchain (Marianne), Orso Maria Guerrini (Professor Gualtier Morgan), Annie Belle (Laure), Emmanuelle Arsan (Myrte), Vicky Asprin (Ingrid), Pierre Haudebourg (Dolly), Bernardo Bernardo (Artemio), Michele Starck (Natalie Morgan), Sylvio Simonelli (Franco Curi), Giorgio Aldini, Andrew Douglas (Desmond), Berto Caselli, Antonio Carmelo Duena, Marcella Egidi (Marcella), Catherine Zago, Martial “Bresson”/Bouisson, Zenaida Ejansantos, Oliver Ezeadum (Oliver), Gérard Landry, Geneviève Gérald, Maria Victoria Abad Cruz (Tieo), Bobby Jensen (Marcello), Eddie Joaquin (Arraya), Lorraine Kriegel (Helen Olsen), Mario Lenzi (Mario), Lloyd Nelson (Erling Olsen), Anna Maria Nicholas, Pipping (Pepito), Jean Salvan (Hugo Lance), Lita Vasquez (Milagros), Eugene Wilcom (Eugene)

    Review from the Eccentric Cinema website:

    Prior to watching this I had only encountered French sex starlet Annie Belle in House On The Edge Of The Park (1980), a movie which I really hated — her memorably steamy shower scene was the one bright spot in that piece of junk. The petite, short-haired model-turned-actress can be tomboyish and all woman in equal measure, with absolutely no inhibitions about being naked before the camera. She was only 19 when she starred in Laure, yet another erotic travelogue from the guy who wrote the original Emmanuelle novel. (Yes, "guy". More about that later.) It's a meandering, leisurely paced skin flick whose preoccupation with discussing the philosophy of Free Love — rather than showin' it to us — ultimately gets a bit tedious.

    Belle plays the title character, a free-spirited, sexually adventurous preacher's daughter living in the Philippines. Reverend Dad is a Christian missionary and the director of L.I.P.S., the Lance Institute of Pacific Studies. At the research center's Manila campus her father introduces an anthropology lecture about the mysterious Mara people of a remote Philippine archipelago. The Mara are said to experience a kind of spiritual/psychological rebirth at a certain time of the year, losing all memories of their previous lives during a secretive ritual about which little is known. (Because it's, like, a secret and stuff.) As Pops rambles on, Laure runs the control board for the A/V portion of the lecture... while a giggling female student goes down on her under the table. You see, Laure's that kind of gal. She lives for pleasure and new experiences, taking them whenever and wherever the urge hits her. And she practically never wears panties.

    At Laure's prompting, the institute's benefactor — an aging hippie dressed like Jesus — sanctions an expedition to observe and document the Mara. (The idea, he says, "really turns me on.") Leading the trek will be Prof. Morgan (The Big Racket's Orso Maria Guerrini), foremost expert on the Mara culture, accompanied by his assistant/lover Myrte (Thai beauty Marayat Andriane, AKA "Emmanuelle Arsan"); Morgan's sexy blonde wife (also Myrte's lover — they share) can't go along because she's just found out she's pregnant. Representing the institute is Laure, who's the most enthusiastic for the project, and joining her is filmmaker Nicolas (Zombie's Al Cliver), her new boyfriend. These folks theorize about the Mara legends, have a bit of sex, watch each other and other people having sex, and discuss their concept of open relationships (mostly the latter) in preparation for the expedition. There are some odd moments involving a floating house and a wealthy transvestite helicopter pilot (!), but these are no more than episodic padding to pad out a film that's mostly padding to begin with. Laure and Nicolas even exchange wedding vows, with her father officiating, before the group departs. Theirs is a completely open marriage, with Laure free to explore her carnal desires as her husband watches and films the action. Apart from Free Love ("Jealousy is an obscenity"), voyeurism is the prevalent theme of the movie... It's a good thing we have luscious eurobabe Annie Belle to ogle.

    The expedition doesn't get underway until about 50 minutes in. The journey to a remote Philippine island and down a jungle river is very picturesque, featuring some striking locations, but the stretches in between Belle's disrobing are an interminable bore. (Fortunately she's an avid skinny-dipper and sun worshipper.) It's mostly just talk, talk, talk — the dialog is silly, pseudo-intellectual twaddle, as if from a Hallmark Greetings line of 'Erotic Friendship' cards. I kept hoping for a horde of cannibals to attack, but no such luck.

    An alternate English title for this film was Forever Emmanuelle, even though there is no character in it with that name. It's based on the book by the same author as Emmanuelle, of which the 1974 film version starring Sylvia Kristel was a major international box-office success. (And NOT to be confused with the "Single M" Emanuelle series featuring Laura Gemser.) Laure was to be made in the same style, with novelist Emmanuelle Arsan not only scripting and directing the film but acting (and getting naked) in it as well. Thing is, Arsan (who plays Myrte) didn't actually write the novels — her husband, French diplomat Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane, did, using her as a 'beard' for the public. So he ended up doing the writing and helming chores. (Laure was released with direction credited to "Anonymous".) Rollet-Andriane may be a lousy screenwriter but for a novice behind the camera he actually does a decent job. One sequence in the film stands out for attaining a palpable vibe of genuine eroticism... Belle, in a long white dress, slowly enters a pool for a nighttime dip, gradually swimming free of the garment as her naked body undulates in the water, lit from beneath. The breathy song, sung in French, that accompanies Belle's moonlight swim almost sounds as if Ween had done the score for a sex pic. (The majority of the "easy listening" soundtrack is laid back to the point of stupefaction.)

    1983 – I Predatori Di Atlantide (Regency Productions)

    [export title “The Raiders Of Atlantis”, also released in the UK as “The Atlantis Interceptors”, in France as “Les Predateurs Du Futur”, and in Germany as “Atlantis Inferno”]

    Director“Roger Franklin”/Ruggero Deodato Executive Producer [on IMDB only] Maurizio Amati Script “Robert Gold”/Tito Carpi, “Vincent”/Vincenzo Mannino Music “Oliver Onions”/Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis Director of Photography“Robert”/Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli, [listed on IMDB only] Sergio D'Offizi Editor“Vincent Thomas”/Vincenzo Tomassi Art Director Tony Amalfitano Costume Designer ???ySerano Associate Producer Alex Ti??? Dialogue Editor Michael Billingsley Post Sync Director Nick Alexander Assistant Director Mary Anthony Script Continuity Georgia Sullivan Unit Manager Ted Dobson Assistant Unit Manager Tom Ward Assistant Camera Operators “Fred Vicar”/Fabrizio Vicari, Vince Aronica Action Stills“Frank”/Franco Vitale Special Effects“Gene Reds”/Gino De Rossi Set Dresser Joe Peters Wardrobe Assistant Cindy Martins Gaffer Lewis Patters Key Grip Alfred Donovan Props Sandy Brown Wardrobe Lucille Bennett First Assistant Director Peter Thomas First Production Assistant Geraldine Picar Second Production Assistant Pat Gauvan Dizon Makeup Artist Maurizio Trani Hair Stylist Mary Morris Sound Supervisor Dean Peterson Boom Operator Janet Bock Sound Mixer “Benny”/Bruno Moreal Wigs Rocchetti & Carboni Foley Al Gramigna Miniatures Al Passeri[on IMDB only] Sound Recorist Antonella Boetani Special Effects Paolo Ricci Stunt Co-Ordinator Rocco Lerro Stunts Angelo Ragusa

    Cast Christopher Connelly (Mike Ross), “Marie Fields”/Gioia Scola (Dr. Cathy Rollins), Tony King (Mohammed/Washington), Mike Miller (Klaus Nemnez), Ivan Rassimov (Bill Cook), “John Blade”/Giancarlo Prati (Frank), Bruce Baron (Crystal Skull), George Hilton (Professor Peter Saunders), Mike “Monti”/Monty (George), “Michael”/Michele Soavi (James), Audrey Perkins, “Morris Fard”/Maurizio Fardo (Larry Stoddard), “Benny Lewis”/Lewis E. Ciannelli (Oil Rig Commander), John Vasallo (Manuel), James Demby, Gudrun “Schemissner”/Schmeissner, [uncredited] Benedetta Fantoli, Gianni Franco, Gianni Gianfranco, Adriana Giuffrè, Ruggero Deodato (Oil Rig Assistant), Angelo Ragusa (Motorcycle Raider w/headband)

    1983 - Die Insel Der Blutigen Plantage (Luxor Film)

    [various export titles include “Island Of The Bloody Plantation”, “Escape From Blood Plantation” and “Prison Camp Girls Jailed for Love”]

    Director Celso Ad. Castillo [IMDB lists Peter Kern & Kurt Raab] Writer“Timmy Herrera”/Kurt Raab Producers Erwin C. Dietrich, Peter Kern Music Jürgen Marcus, Warner B. Ryder Cinematography Rudolf Blahacek Editor Karl Aulitzky Production Designer Kurt Raab Production Supervisor Andrea Oechsner

    Cast Udo Kier (Hartman), Barbara Valentin (Bloody Olga), Tet Antiquiera (Nazi Guard #1), Karl-Otto Alberty (Nazi Guard #2), Karen Lopez (Cora), Hans Zander, Karina Fallenstein (Eva), Mike Monty, Rosemarie Sarita (Rita), Kurt Raab (Pevney), Peter Kern, Fouad Mediouni-Zaoud, Ronald Buenaventura

    1984 - Taifun Der Zärtlichkeit (company unknown)

    [released in the US as “The Story Of The Dolls” and “The Dolls”]

    Director/Writer Hubert Frank Music Gerhard Heinz Cinematography Franz Xaver Lederle

    Cast Tetchie Agbayani (Lee), Brigitta Cimarolli, Leo Hermosa, Mario Layco (Pedro), Josephine Manuel, Sabine Mucha, Jean Saburit, Carina Schally, Max Thayer, Vanessa Vaylord

    1985 - Warbus(Amerinda Est)

    Director“Ted Kaplan”/Ferdinando Baldi Story/Screenplay Ferdinando Baldi, John Fitzsimmons Executive Producer Tony Miland Music“Robert Marry”/Detto Mariano Cinematography“Mark Marsch”/Marcello Masciocchi Editor Med Salkind Dubbing Editor Nick Alexander

    Cast Daniel Stephen (Sgt. Dixie), “Rom”/Romano Kristoff(Gus), Urs Althaus (Ben), Gwendolyn Cook (Anne), Ernie Zarate (Major Kutran), Don Gordon [Bell] (Ronny), Zeny R. Williams, “Steve Eliot”/Benito Stefanelli (Debrard), Josephine Sylva

    Fred Adelman’s review on the Critcon Online website:

    After their goodwill mission is attacked by the Vietcong, the remaining survivors escape in their yellow schoolbus. A short distance down the road, their bus is commandeered by Sgt. Dixie (Daniel Stephen) and his two-man squad of American Marines. The missionaries, which includes three women; Ronny (Don Gorden Bell), a nervous man; Debrard (Steve Eliot), an Australian soldier and a VC Major named Kutran (Ernie Zarate), form an uneasy alliance with the American soldiers as they make the perilous journey behind enemy lines to freedom. Running low on gas, the soldiers raid an enemy depot looking for some fuel, not knowing that the sweaty (and possibly traitorous) Ronny has reserve gas hidden under the bus. While the soldiers are on the raid, Ronny fuels up the bus and tries to take off, but is stopped by Debrand and Major Kutran. Sgt. Dixie and his men, Gus (Romano Kristoff) and Ben (Urs Althaus), become pinned-down at the enemy depot, but the bus, driven by Major Kutran, comes to their rescue. They manage to get the gas and blow up the enemy depot, thanks to the Major's help. Their next obstacle is a bridge they need to cross that is guarded by enemy soldiers. Ben comes up with a plan and it goes off without a hitch (they manage to kill dozens of enemy soldiers with no casualties on their side), which earns them respect from the Major (he salutes the soldiers for their bravery). They next happen upon a field of dead American soldiers, all of them crucified and boobytrapped. Since they can't bury them, Sgt. Dixie blows them up (the film's most affecting scene). They find a cave to hide the bus in while the soldiers check out a village with an American helicopter in the middle of it. They find all the American soldiers dead (one body is riddled with steel nails!) and then realize that the enemy was waiting for them. Everyone manages to escape alive, thanks again to the Major and Ronny, who proves to be no traitor. They next stop at a deserted VC village, where Major Kutran finds a radio and calls for help. Instead of being saved, our ragtag group of soldiers and civilians must fight for their lives when enemy soldiers intercept the Major's transmission and not everyone will make it out alive. War is truly hell and hell is for heroes.

    Directed with much pyrotechnics and a surprising amount of humanity by Fernando Baldi (COMIN' AT YA! - 1981; TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS - 1983), here using his "Ted Kaplan" pseudonym, WAR BUS is one of the better Italian-made Vietnam War action flicks. The action comes at a steady clip as dozens of people are gunned-down, blown-up or stabbed. There are many surprises along the way, such as the reveal that Ronny is a schizophrenic epileptic (which explains his earlier actions) and that Debrand is a convicted murderer. The three women on the bus have precious little to do except look scared, go skinnydipping or act as romantic interests for the soldiers. There's a scene towards the end where Major Kutran finds a radio in a deserted VC village and tunes to a station playing music and, for a few short moments, everyone on the bus and in town relaxes and forgets the trouble they are in. It's a poignant scene that's unusual in a film like this and foreshadows the tragic events that are about to happen. The final assault by the enemy on the town is well-handled and full of scenes of bravery. WAR BUS tells an excellent story to go along with the action and should satisfy fans of the genre. An unofficial (and inferior) sequel, WAR BUS COMMANDO, was made in 1989, starring Mark Gregory (1990: THE BRONX WARRIOR - 1982), the late John Vernon (SAVAGE STREETS - 1984) and directed by Pierluigi Ciriaci (DELTA FORCE COMMANDO - 1987).

    1987 – Il Ragazzo Dal Kimono D'Oro (Fulvia International Films)

    [released under various export titles: “Fist Of Power”, “Karate Warrior” and “The Boy In The Golden Kimono”]

    Director“Larry Ludman”/Fabrizio De Angelis Writers“Larry Ludman”/Fabrizio De Angelis, “David Parker Jr”/ Dardano Sacchetti Producer Fabrizio De Angelis Cinematography Giuseppe Pinori Editor Albert Moryalty Music Simon Boswell Production Manager Sammy E. Interno Stunt Coordinator Diver Stuntmen Group Unit Manager Gianni Mariani, Mariana de Tiberiis Cameraman Silvano Tessicini Special Effects Rene Abadeza Assistant Director Boy Soquerata Continuity Giuliana del Punta Makeup Franco di Girolamo Wardrobe Joey Luna Hair Stylist Concepsion Morato Sound Recordist Boy Guenco Stills Ben Nollora Assistant Cameraman Enzo Frattari Assistant Editor Ernesto Triunveri Cutting Room Assistant Fausto Biaggiotti Head Grip Ennio Brizzolari Chief Electrician Renato Sardini Assistant Art Director Francesca Tusa Props Vincenzo Mancini Sound Mixer Bruno Moreal Special Sound Effects Daniele Masini

    CastKim [Rossi] Stuart (Anthony Scott), Ken Watanabe (Master Kimura), Jannelle Barretto (Maria), “Jarred”/Jared Martin (Paul Scott), Janet Agren (Julia Scott), Enrico Torralba (Quino), Jonny Tuazon, Rudy Meyer, Enrico Orbita, Arnulfo C. Quiwa, Cyrus Bautista, Rey Solo, Júlio Garcia

    1987 – Alla Ricerca Dell'Impero Sepolto(Cinesuerte Inc/Effe Kappa S.r.l.)

    [export title “Secret Of The Incas’ Empire”]

    Director“Frank Kramer”/Gianfranco Parolini Writers “Frank Kramer”/Gianfranco Parolini, G. Sanchez Alvino Producer Gianfranco ParoliniMusic “Walt Ritz”/Walter Rizzati Cinematography “William”/Guglielmo Mancori, Mario Sbrenna Editor M. Lee Master Set Decoration Oskar d'Amici Production Manager“Ignacius”/Ignazio Dolce Production Supervisors Lito Lopez, Tiny Romero Assistant Camera Adriano Mancori

    Cast “Conrad Nichols”/Luigi Mezzanotte ('Inca Man' Bradbury), Kelly London (Linda Logan), Ann Karin, Steve Alcarado, Rago Apollo, Marilyn Bautista, Florence Carvajal, Sonny Crane, Ben Imperial, Vassilli Karis(Angel Lansky), Vangie Labalan, Max Laurel, Willy Morales, “John Francis Scott”/Gianfranco Parolini (Prof. Alexis Xristopoulos), John Peebes, Larry Silva, Lyka Ugarte, Frank Vitale (Professor Rivera)

    Review from the Monster Hunter website:

    At long last it can be revealed! The startling secret of the Incas’ empire has been hidden from the eyes of the white man for a millennia! Now, thanks to the unceasing efforts of Professor Bradbury and his sidekick, Linda Logan, the entire world will know what has been concealed beneath the volcano deep in Incan country, wherever the hell that is! Is it an untold wealth of fabulous jewels? Tons of shiny, kick ass gold knick knacks? A fountain of youth that gives all who taste from its refreshing pool eternal life? Any of those would be pretty snazzy to be sure! If the secret of the Incas’ empire sucked!

    Which it doesn’t! Because why would you go to all the effort to keep something sucky like a lost ark or some other overhyped doodad secret? The Incas knew exactly what they were doing when they made sure that only those with the smarts and courage to survive the plastic alligators and avalanche of foam boulders would uncover their most prized treasure! And that treasure would be an organ!

    But not just any organ! An organ like you might have been able to buy at a mall in the late 1970s! And it came with a freaking bench! Yeah, the Holy Grail is pretty awesome, but it’s not like you have any place to sit down while you’re admiring it! If you got tired of standing after finding it, you’d probably have to sit on the floor of some dusty cave! Once again, the Incans prove to be far more advanced than we ever imagined!

    But what would be awesome about a holy organ if there was no one to play it? The Incas thought of this, too! That’s why there’s a guy dressed up in a ratty bird costume who tickles the ivories at dramatic moments throughout the film! I know, I know, so far the Incas’ Secret Stash I’ve described only sounds like half of The Captain And Tennille and without even the sea captain’s cap! The Incas thought of that also though! That’s why Birdman can shoot lasers out of his eyes! It’s like if Elton John was an X-Men!

    Like all great adventures that end up in an underground temple where the Incan Billy Joel is holding court, getting there isn’t easy. In fact, it’s downright painful! Especially for the viewer! The first hour of the movie alone is enough to ward off all but the hardiest souls, even those trained up on toxic Italian Indiana Jones clones like The Mines Of Kilimanjaro and Mark Of The Scorpion! The distinct lack of entertaining action combined with a story that was just as mysterious as the Incas’ big secret will no doubt leave many nonbelievers on the side of the road fast asleep!

    If you battle the odds, grit your teeth, and fight back the urge to kill yourself though, you’ll find that we’ve got your basic treasure map being pursued by bad guys situation. The bad guys chase the good guys around the jungle which must be a pretty small jungle since the good guys are always escaping and the bad guys never have any trouble locating them again. Attacks by fake gators, an encounter with a truck full of whores, and a run in with the guardian of the temple who worships an idol with a boner highlight things.

    The movie makes a valiant effort in the last thirty minutes to deliver on its lost temple promise by having our heroes battling Birdman while everything is exploding around them. The girl gets herself tied up under a giant press-like thing that threatens to crush her and it’s only after Birdman somehow falls down some stairs into the underground lake that Professor Bradbury can set about rescuing her. The movie does show an admirable amount of self-awareness when the girl complains about how long it’s taking him to save her and he reminds her that he isn’t Indiana Jones! Really? No wonder you looked more like Conrad Nichols from Days Of Hell and Thor The Conqueror than Harrison Ford!

    Director Gianfranco Parolini (Samson, Sabata, Five For Hell) returns to direct his final feature after taking ten years off and proves that those ten years when he wasn’t making movies were good not just for him, but for the rest of us as well! An ugly, poorly shot affair that never explained much and relied on the girl falling into various places to move the story along (and forced her and her boyfriend to unconvincingly roll down tunnels to simulate something approaching action), The Secret Of The Incas’ Empire does sport those “special” moments you’re no doubt searching for like so much lost Incan piano-related treasure.

    There’s the time Professor Bradbury explains that he’s able to throw things with a great deal of accuracy because he used to be a relief pitcher for the Dodgers. And who would even try to forget the stunningly hilarious final moments of the film that gives us slow motion for no reason, but then manages to make us forget how dumb that was by having the end of the movie turn into a really bad painting! There’s even a couple of panty shots for you dirty birds out there, too! A sword fight between the muscled-up temple guardian and the good guy where our hero also manages to use an umbrella should give you an idea of what to expect out of this one. Once you see it, there’s no way you’ll want to keep this secret!

    1988 – Fuoco Incrociato (A.M. Trading International S.r.l.)

    [export title “Cross Mission”]

    Director“Al Bradley”/Alfonso Brescia Writer Donald Russo Executive Producer Walter “Bigari”/Brandi Producer Ettore Spagnuolo Music Stelvio Cipriani, Carlo Maria Cordio Cinematography Giancarlo Ferrando, Felix D. Maraz Editor George Morley Set Decoration John Escort Costume Design Flora Maria Castillo Makeup Artist Alfonso Cioffi Assistant Makeup Artist Elvis Guzman Production Supervisor Alessandra Spagnuolo Sound Recordist Julian Polanco Sound Effects Walter Polini Special Effects Paolo Ricci Grips Francisco Ororia, Enrique Salomon Alcantara, Dionicio Castro Stills Hector Alvarez Electricians Jonan Luis Boncenor, Miguel Kelly Camera Assistants Roberto Orru, David Mancori Second Assistant Camera Yovany Liriano Camera Operators Gualtiero Manozzi, Pericles Mejía Key Grip Nazzareno Savini Gaffer Ninuccio Tonnarini Assistant Editors Carlo Pulera, Maria Antonietta Tota Laboratory Technician Franco Appetito Production Secretaries Gianluca Bigari, Jesus Nova, Gabino Vicioso Assistant Technician Bernardo Manzueta Set Technician Ugo Tucci

    Cast Richard Randall (William), Brigitte “Porsh”/Porsche (Helen), Peter Hintz (David), Maurice Poli(General Romero), Ana Silvia Grullon (Myra), Jacobo Vasquez, Nelson de la Rosa (Astaroth), John L. Rock, Carlos Santos, Victor Checo, Flora Maria Castillo, Francisco Julius, Lisandra Ventura, Danilo Javier, Lucas Abreu, Johnny Castillo, [uncredited] Riccardo Petrazzi (Ramirez)

    1988 - Un Maledetto Soldato (company unknown, incorrectly listed on IMDB as Regal Films)

    [export title “Just A Damned Soldier”; released in Japan as “Violence Hunter” and in Germany as “Zum Sterben Verdammt”]

    Director“Ted Kaplan”/Ferdinando Baldi Story/Screenplay Ferdinando Baldi Producers Scimo Glam, Massimo Vigliar Supervising Producer Tony Miland Music Elio Polizzi Cinematography Terence Zuker Editor Med Salkind Casting Rosy Stoller Production Design Sam Lorimar Art Direction Sam Lorimar Costume Design Henriette Bishop Hair Stylist Lyn Domingh Makeup Artist Paul Manson Production Supervisors Alex Coleman, Tony Miland Production Manager Anthony Kalvent Assistant Director“Kim Parker”/Tanya Foxx Draughtsman Tom Brooks Property Manager Farb Ungher Dubbing Editor Nick Alexander Boom Operator Frank Lautern Sound Mixer “Dick Tineber”/Alberto Tinebra Special Effects “Fredy”/Goffredo Unger First Assistant Camera Guy Clark Gaffer Ted Marins Stills Charlie Peralta Camera Operator“Tony Schiaving”/Antonio Schiavo LenaGrip Fred Targhet Seamstress Laura Albis Assistant Editor Mary Norman Assembly Cutter Lucy Nusch Production Accountant Alex Coleman Script Supervisor Jane Koster

    Cast Peter Hooten, Mark Gregory, “Rom”/Romano Kristoff (Gus Johnson), “Steve Eliot”/Stelio Candelli, Christine Leigh, David Giberson, Roger Vivero, Elvie Hoagland, Ilonah Jean, Ernie Zarate, “Johan Dolaney”/John P. Dulaney, [uncredited] Mike Monty, Goffredo Unger

    1988 – The Last American Soldier(IMDB lists the company as Regal)

    [also released as “Commander”]

    Director “Paul D. Robinson”/Ignazio Dolce Writers“Paul D. Robinson”/Ignazio Dolce, Larry Jonathan Music Simon Boswell Cinematography David D. Morris

    Cast Craig Alan (Roger Craig), David Light (Vlassov), Max Laurel (Warrior), Larry Brand (Buffalo), Tanya Gomez (Cho Lin), Mike Monty

    1988 - Colli Di Cuoio (DMV Distribuzione/Gico Cinematografica S.r.l.)

    [export title “Leathernecks”]

    Director“Paul D. Robinson”/Ignazio Dolce Producer Gianfranco Couyoumdjian Music/Computer Programmer Stefano Mainetti Editors Alberto Moriani, Ernesto Triunveri

    Cast Tanya Gomez, Richard Hatch, Vassili Karis, Robert Marius, Antonio Marsina, James Mitchum

    Review from the Internet Movie Database:

    An action-packed, brought to us by Ignazio Dolce - the guy who directed several other 'Nam action flicks including "The Last Platoon". It's a plot less little exploitation movie, filmed on a shoestring budget in the Philippines.

    Richard Hatch (who also starred The Last Platoon) leads a top-notch Italian B-movie cast, including a beefy Jim Mitchum (In Harm's Way) in one of his last roles, as well as Vassili Karis (SS Girls), Antonio Marsina (The Rangers) and Robert Marius. Anyway, Hatch leads a patrol and finds a cache of US weapons being transported by the VC. So, he gets back to base and leads an intelligence officer out to track down the arms dealer. Well, after some good double-crosses and shoot-em-ups, Hatch gets back to his base in time for a big climactic battle.

    The film looks and sounds a lot like "The Green Berets", or "Zulu", or even "The Alamo" - but doesn't equal any of those earlier epics. At least half of the movie concerns these guys defending a small village atop a desolate hill, while the VC charge out of the surrounding jungle and blast away with mortars and M-16s. These battle scenes are excellently done, filled with some dizzying photography, lots of good explosion effects and slow-motion photography.

    There is plenty of good-looking Filipino scenery. Most Italian 'Nam or Mercenary movies were shot in the Philippines to take advantage of very cheap production costs and good-looking geography. You never for once doubt you're in Vietnam. The soldiers look sweaty, grimy and angry. The Vietnamese villagers look emaciated, tired and scared.

    The movie does have its low points, though. The script really lacks character development and the actors fail to deliver any strong material. For the most part, they just sit around swearing at each other. All the GIs are interchangeable, since none of them have the least bit of personality. The production also looks pretty low-budget. Men shout that there's "A million VC out there!" and it only looks like maybe 20 or 30 guys are attacking - and notice how they all look exactly alike? The number never decreases, even after Hatch and company have blown away about 100 guys. The ending also really upset me, since it leaves the story hanging and has Hatch blowing away about 3 dozen VC while charging out in the open. Of course, the VC just keep coming with firing back and Hatch is standing out in the open, never running out of ammo. Sheesh.

    "Leathernecks" is just another in the slew of high-octane, low-plot Vietnam action-exploitation flicks to come out in the 80s. It's a fun little flick, but don't expect anything special.

    1988 - Angel Hill: L'Ultima Missione (Gico Cinematografica S.r.l./Reteitalia)

    [export title “Last Platoon”; released on German VHS as “Bye Bye Vietnam”, in Poland as “Ostatni Pluton”, in Greece as “To Teleftaio Platoon” and on Finnish VHS as “Viimeinen Joukko”]

    Director “Paul D. Robinson”/Ignazio Dolce Writer Tito CarpiProducer Gianfranco Couyoumdjian Music Stefano Mainetti Cinematography Sergio D'Offizi Editor Alberto Moriani

    Cast Richard Hatch (Costa), Vassili Karis, David Light, Milene Thy-Sanh, Anthony Sawyer, Mike Monty, Donald Pleasence (Colonel B. Abrams), Larry Melwin, Paul Persse, Robert J. Collins, Dan Pedersen, Donald Crob, Max Laurel

    1988 – Cobra Nero 2 (L’Immagine S.r.l.)

    [export title “The Black Cobra 2”]

    Director “Dan Edwards”/Edoardo Margheriti Producer Luciano Appignani Music Aldo Salvi Song “Stay Baby Stay” Piero MontanariCinematography Guglielmo Mancori Film Laboratory Luciano Vittorio? Editor Alessandro Lucidi Production Design Joey Luna Art Direction Jojo Magno Costume Design James Price Makeup Artist Gloria Diesta Production Managers Roberto Portoghesi, Sammy Interno First Assistant Director Paul Costello Second Assistant Director Arturo “Boy” Soquerata Property Master Waldo Masconi Sound Assistant Boy Cuenco Sound Engineer Fred Gajudo Boom Man Danny Reyes Special Effects Guy Nealgas Stunt Coordinator “Brando”/Blandino Navarro Camera Operator Adriano Mancori First Assistant Camera Pio Interno Second Assistant Camera Ernie Dela Paz Third Camera Assistant Celso Morante Clapper Loader Edgar Soquerata Production Secretary Angie E. Galang Talent Coordinator Nanding Salcedo Key Grip Luciano Giuseppone Grips Jessie Manalo, Armando Interno Electricians Richard Yap, Ross Davan Location Manager Limbo Lagdameo

    Cast Fred Williamson (Lt. Robert 'Bob' Malone), Nicholas Hammond (Lt. Kevin McCall), Emma Hoagland (Peggy Mallory), “Majib”/Najid Jadali (Asad Cabuli), Ned Hourani (Mustapha), Edward Santana (Captain Marton), Kristine Erlandson (Mary McCall), Oscar Daniels (Eddie Mallory), Jonathan Sorenson, Rey Solo, Chantal Manz (Newscaster), Mike Monty (Brennan), Leopoldo Salcedo (Inspector), “Phil”/Philip Gordon (Detective)

    Review/Edoardo comment from the Antonio Margheriti website:

    Edoardo Margheriti direct his first film with this action movie made exclusively for the foreign market and home Video. It's a sort of a sequel of a different genre of film directed byStelvio Massi: "The Black Cobra", but in reality "The Black Cobra 2" has in common with his prequel only the title and the leading actor: Fred Williamson, ex Football star who won aSuperbowl with the San Francisco 49rs and famous actor - director. Williamson was also a leading, together with Jim Brown, of the film "Take a Hard Ride" (1975) directed by Antonio Margheriti.

    The film was produced by Luciano Appignani with l'Immagine Cinematografica, which in 1985 produced also a film by Antonio: "Jungle Raiders". During that film, Luciano was able to appreciate the quality and ability of Edoardo which was the Assistant Director and the Special Effects Supervisor, but also direct a big Second Unit for some action sequences. After that film, Edoardo was hired by Appignani as Line Producer for the thriller: "Fashion Crimes" (La Morte è di Moda - 1987) by Bruno Gaburro.

    The following year Luciano Appignani offer to Edoardo the chance to direct his first film: "The Black Cobra 2" which was suppose to be shoot in Sydney, Australia. In fact they start the preproduction in Sydney for over a month, where they also found the other leading actor: Nicholas Hammond, famous to be one of the child in: "Sound of Music" and the leading in two film on the Marvel Superhero:"Spiderman".

    Unfortunately, when they were almost ready to start shooting the film, the Australian

    Unions give them some problems and the Italian Producer decided to suspend the film and recall them back to Italy. Edoardo was forced to prepare all again in the Philippines, where he had a big experience, in few days and to make the film with a shorter budget. The movie, even if shows a good technical direction and fair action sequences, was affected by the shortness of money which can be noticed in the entire production.

    Edoardo Margheriti:Like my father with his movies, I do not like this film. Honestly I've made it at my best, doing any kind of sacrifice to make it better, but I've had to face with an unfair budget and a lousy script. The results never satisfied me, even if I've recently receive some compliments from some viewers.

    Anyway the movie was very much liked by the foreign sellers and was sold very well all over the world. Especially I remember that Japan and South Korea were enthusiastic, as much that they ask immediately for a sequel,"The Black Cobra 3" also known as "Manila Connection".

    The sequel was written and organized so fast that I had no time even to finish editing "Black Cobra 2", travelling to the Philippines immediately after the first cut. Unfortunately, "The Black Cobra 3" was made even worst that the first one, with less money and a story which was even worse. But I was young and I want to work and love to work. With today experience probably I would refuse the job, like I did with other similar project after, or I've simply make it better.

    1989 - Jiboa, Il Sentiero Dei Diamanti (CB)

    [export title “Jiboa”]

    Director “Stuart Murphy”/Mario Bianchi Writer Ernesto Gastaldi Cinematography Luigi Ciccarese Assistant Camera Fabio Leoni

    Cast Rick Dean, Bobby Rhodes, Michele Dehne, Augusto Funari, Costantino Gastaldi, Gerald Romer, Carolina Alvarado,Domiziano Arcangeli

    David Zuzelo’s review from the Tough To Kill website:

    “If you let it rip her mouth apart you’re an egg sucking asshole!”

    What happens when you take a host of Tough To Kill stalwarts such as Luigi Ciccaresse, Ernesto Gastaldi and Paolo Rustichelli and hand them off to sleazemaster Mario Bianchi and say to him “make an action film?” A jungle adventure with murky underside of slimy sexploitation is what…and a damned good one bit of junk at that. Jiboa is about as reclusive a film as any in this book, but as a cross pollination of trash and action-it succeeds on every level to which it aspires. Of course, that is gutter level, which I'm totally fine with!

    Mark Frasier wakes up in an Indio village and can’t remember how he got there…but he sure likes LoLoLai who aids him to health with her topless magic. When a helicopter comes and attacks the village Frasier runs into the jungle and treks through all the waterfalls you could want to see before falling off one. He washes up to the shore and is picked up by Tony Marcucci, who claims to want to help him. Before he even gets started in penetrating his fog of amnesia, Frasier is snagged by some baddies and brought back to the Amazon to find “it!” It being a city of emerald of course-and these scumbags will stop at nothing to find it. Led by Sewer Rat (“In fact everybody called me sewer rat, I’m just plain Rat to my friends.”), the gang torment and torture our hero and an unlikely heroine-slash-love interest going so far as to break out the rat in the cage strapped to the girls face trick. As things progress and our band get closer to the emerald city, we have killer piranha attacks, lots of outrageous Indio battles, face smashing spiders and thousands of syllables forming unbelievably vulgar language. Good nasty fun… When another group of even more psychotic treasure hunters arrive its all out war as Frasier, Rat and the girl try to survive endless obstacles and perhaps more than a fair share of time filling walking through the jungle.

    This cheap effort would seem to be more at home in the library of French producers Eurocine and their nasty adventure output such as Diamonds of Kilamanjaro really, but uses so many Italian personnel that it certainly fits in our lists. Bianchi built his reputation on groovy sleaze and porn, but manages to pull together the elements of Ernesto Gastaldi’s script to make an entertaining little action flick in the same flat exploitative style. While not exactly a hutbuster of giant action sequences there are some good fight scenes and enough unpleasant jungle antics from the Indios to leave the viewer with a solid rainy days entertainment. The final trippy sequence that leaps out of nowhere is worth any price it may take for you to find the film as well…weird stuff!

    Rick Dean has appeared in tons of exploitation films you may have seen including some Cirio Santiago movies, but this is by far his most appealing work-he gets to crack jokes and heads at every turn. The great Bobby Rhodes plays Rat with gusto, chokeslamming his foes into an unconscious blob whenever the opportunity arises. You can’t go wrong with Rhodes…ever.

    Decently scored with Rustichelli music and decidedly nastier than most, Jiboa is action of a different, more virulent, strain.

    1989 – L’Ultimo Volo All'Inferno (Dania Film/Gico Cinematografica S.r.l./VIP International Films)

    [export title “Last Flight To Hell”]

    Director “Paul D. Robinson”/Ignazio Dolce Story/Screenplay“Tom Carp”/Tito Carpi Producer “Gene Coopersmith”/Gianfranco Couyoumdjian Cinematography“Stewart Dorian”/Sergio D'Offizi Editor“Albert Moran”/Alberto Moriani Music Luigi Ceccarelli Set Designer“Arthur Nicholas” Unit Manager Agostino Pane Production Secretary Naffaella Couyoumdjian Camera Operator Sandro Tamborra Assistant Cameraman Eric Biglietto Assistant to the Director Alessandra Pecci First Assistant Director Evandro Postorino First Assistant Editor Rosaria Bellu Second Assistant Editor Nicoletta Leone Key Grip Roberto Emidi Production Accountant Alessandra Cevenini

    Cast Reb Brown (Mitch Taylor), Michele Dehne (Sheila Madison), Chuck Connors (Red Farley), [uncredited] Mike Monty (Vincent Duggan), David Brass (Mercenary), Roberto Dell'Acqua, Eddie Gaerlan (Mercenary)

    1990 - Cobra Nero 3 (L’Immagine s.r.l.)

    [export title “Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection”, on-screen title “Black Cobra 3: Manila Connection”]

    Director “Dan Edwards”/Edoardo Margheriti Producer Luciano Appignani Music Piero Montanari Cinematography Wolfgango Alfi Production Manager Paul Costello Editor Alessandro Lucidi Production Designer Joey Luna Art Director Jojo Magno 1st Assistant Director Boy Soquerata Continuity Antonella Margheriti Cameraman Giovanni Xaiz Special Effects Silvano Scasseddu [IMDB lists Antonio Margheriti] Production Assistant Joel Apuyan Military Liason Benny Tarnate Stunt Coordinator Mike VillarealLoader Arturo Dela Paz Wardrobe James Price Assistant Editor Lilli Bonolis Talent Coordinator Nanding Salcedo Transport Captain Fred Marquez Property Master Roy Austria Wardrobe Assistant Raymond Montalegre Make-Up Jolly Unabia Hairdresser Teresa Mercader First Camera Assistant Pio E. Interno Second Camera Assistant Arturo “Boy” Tambien Loader Arturo dela Plaz Recordist Fred Gajudo Boom Man Sonny Neyra Cable Man Roy Baldano Stills Billy Ruelo Electricians Luis Congson, Richard Yap, Ponciano Trinidad, Jun Jacinto Grips Lee “ET” Nugas, Jessie Manalo, Armando Interno, Ferdinand Llenaresas Carpenters Florante Dizon, Orlando Aurezo SPFX/Pyros Peping Carmona

    Cast Fred Williamson(Lt. Robert Malone), Forry Smith (Lt. Greg Duncan), Debra Ward (Tracy Rogers), David Light (Jackson), Kelly Wicker, Ned Hourani (Charlie Hopkins), Buddy Norton (Lawrence Brennan), Mike Monty(Capt. Phillips), Edward Santana (Capt. Marton), Maria Isabel Lopez (Sioni), Joe Edwards, Joy Amora, Chris Castillejo, [uncredited] Milton Morris, Geoffrey Copleston (The Senator)

    Edoardo Margheriti comment from the Antonio Margheriti website:

    …it's strangely available in Videotape and DVD, but in the reality the film was never completed, because of the market crisis in 1990 which caused the bankrupt of many production company, includedL'Immagine Cinematografica, which wasn't able to finish the editing of this film.

    For this reason there was not sound effects, dubbing, music and titles, made and approved by the production or the director. The copy available (probably and illegally sold to some foreign video company) which comes to my hand in the Far East on DVD, is horrible, taken probably from a working copy of low quality, the sound is not synchronized, the dubbing of some actors is simply ridiculous, the music (who knows were it comes from?) and the editing is missing of some effects never inserted.

    The script was a dumb story even when we made it (in fact I decide after this film not to make other low budget like this and I've change section, working for years as Line Producer), but in this conditions it's really horrible and an offence to all the people which work on it, and above all to the poor guy who bought it.

  • The Letter J Activity Theme

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    jArts and Crafts

    You can make them out of paper, or make real ones out of pumpkins.

    Make jewelry by stringing beads on dental floss.

    Paint with Jello
    Paint or finger paint with jello. It has a good smell! Use several different flavors.

    Jack In the Box
    Make a simple jack in the box by using an empty small shoe box. Tape the lid onto the box on one side, cut a slit in the bottom of the box. You can cut out figures of people or animals from magazines and cover with clear contact paper. Use clear postage tape to adhere to a craft stick, Insert the stick through the bottom of your box. When you push up on the stick the lid should pop up. Or you can put the same stick in a paper cup and have the figure pop in and out of the cup.

    Make small jack-o-lanterns using oranges. Draw on the faces with a black marker.

    Pumpkin Shakers/Maracas
    Paint paper plates orange. Put two paper plates together adding a green stem between the plates. Staple around the edge leaving space to add beans inside. Finish stapling. Let the children decorate with black construction paper shapes.

    Make creatures out of junk such as bottle caps, empty clean milk jugs or cartons, aluminum pieplates, lids, etc. Make junk prints using the above items or potato smashers, toothbrushes, sponges, pastry blenders dipped into paint and then pressed onto paper.


    kidsGames and Activities

    Jumping activities
    Jumping races, jumping rope, jumping over things. Pretend to be Jack Be Nimble and jump over a candlestick. Do jumping Jacks, jog.

    Jigsaw puzzles

    Have many different jars and lids on a tray. Children can match the correct lid to the jar. They can arrange them by size.

    Jet planes
    Arrange your dramatic play area to be a jumbo jet.

    Have different jewelry available for dress up. Dramatic play area can be a jewelry store.

    J is for Jar
    Bring in an oversized jar, and have the children put a picture of something that begins with J in the jar. You can then play a game, that each child picks a picture out of the jar and has to name it.

    Go on a Journey
    Take the children on a journey walk and see if you can see anything that begins with "J" . Talk about where you will go, and afterwards have a snack with crackers and different jams.

    Jump rope games
    Jump rope together, and teach the children different jump rope rhymes.
    For instance:
    I like coffee, I like tea
    I like to sing with the girls(boys) and the girls(boys) like to sing with me.

    Jingle Bells
    Get different sizes of jingle bells and other items that jingle like keys and see if the children can identify the objects.

    Jelly Bean Sampling
    Have the children close their eyes and sample different flavors of jelly beans. See if they can determine what flavors they are tasting.

    J Box
    Before the children arrive, place J items (jack-in-the-box, jar of jam, jug, jacks, etc) in full view. After they all arrive play I spy a J object in the room and give clues until they find it.

    Joke Day
    Send a note home that tomorrow is joke day. Each child will be allowed to tell one joke. Read a children's joke book.

    Learn Japanese
    Invite a Japanese person to your class. Make some Japanese food or visit a Japanese restaurant.

    Jelly Beans
    Estimate the number of jelly beans in a jar. Count and graph jelly beans by color.

    Look at jungle pictures. Talk about jungle animals.

    Jack Be Nimble
    Make a candlestick by putting a flame cut out of yellow paper into a toilet paper roll. Say the rhyme as the children line up and jump over the candlestick.

    Jigsaw Puzzles
    Make your own. Draw a picture on some paper with lines already drawn on it, then cut on the lines and put it back together again.

    Play music on different-sized jars with varying amounts of colored water in them.

    Have the children count how many are wearing jeans, count the pockets in the jeans.

    Wow! how many kinds of juice can you and your children make? talk about fruit juices and vegetable juices. What kinds of fruit and/or vegetable juice can we buy?

    Jello Fun
    You will need clear gelatin, food coloring and eyedroppers. Make Gelatin, then once it's formed, place in a sensory tub. Have plenty of eyedroppers for each of the children to use and several colors of food coloring. Have the children fill the eyedroppers with food coloring and insert into the clear jello. The kids will get a kick out of watching the color fill the molds!

    Jumping Jacks
    Teach the children how to do jumping jacks. Count the number of times you can do them, see how high you can count. You can also call out the letter "J" every time you do a Jumping Jack.

    Jump Rope Games
    Jump rope; play "limbo"; put rope on floor and played "snake" on the floor where they have to jump over the wild slithering snake as holders shake rope. Here's a jump rope rhyme:
    Cinderella, dressed in yellow
    Went upstairs to kiss a 'fella
    Made a mistake
    And kissed a snake
    How many doctors
    Did it take?
    (count until someone messes up)

    Make a Job Jar
    List different jobs on slips of paper, put them in a jar. Let each child choose one and act it out like charades.

    Listen to Jazz

    Learn to play Jacks



    Recipes and Snacks

    J Foods
    Jello jigglers

    Jack O Lantern Pizzas
    Give each child a half of an English Muffin. Spread pizza sauce on it. Let children break American cheese slices into shapes for eyes, nose and mouth. Bake at 400 until cheese melts slightly.

    Jiffy Jelly Jam
    Mash together 1 tsp of honey, 2-3 drops of lemon juice, and one cup of thawed and drained frozen berries (any kind) (This recipe works well for younger children).



    Songs, Poems and Finger Plays

    Jack in the Box
    Get a large cereal box from the store and paint or color it like a jack in the box. Completely remove top of box so it is easy to get in and out. Children then take turns being " JACK " Recite this poem while each child takes his/her turn.
    "Jack In The Box
    Jack In The Box
    Curl Up Small"
    (Children curl up small on the floor)
    "Jack In The Box
    Jack In The Box
    Jump Up Tall "(Children pop up as high as they can)

    Sing "Jelly Beans"
    (to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")
    Jelly beans are fun to eat.
    They are such a silly treat.
    Green and orange and red and blue
    Sometimes they are hard to chew.
    Jelly Beans are fun to eat.
    I think they are my favorite treat!

    Jack and Jill
    Jack and Jill went up the hill
    To fetch a pail of water
    Jack fell down and broke his crown
    And Jill came tumbling after.

    Jack Sprat
    Jack Sprat could eat no fat
    His wife could eat no lean
    So between them both it seems
    They licked the platter clean

    Jack Be Nimble
    Jack be nimble
    Jack be quick
    Jack jump over the candlestick!

    Jack- in - the - box all closed up tight, not any air, not any light.
    (Squat with body in a small ball)
    My but it's dark down here in a heap. Let's open the lid.....
    And up we'll leap
    (Jump to standing position)

    Who'll have jam?
    There's jam for tea.
    Jam for Pam and jam for Sam
    And jam for little me.

    Who'll have jam,
    There's jam for tea.
    Damson jam and bramble jam.
    And apple jam for me.

    Jump Jack & Sue
    Jump Jack, jump Sue,
    Jump, jump, jump do.
    On the sofa, on the chair,
    Over the wall and up in the air.



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  • Bookshops in the south-east
  • Shops are organised alphabetically by county or major city, and then by town

    Eric T Moore Books, Hitchin
    24 Bridge St, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DF
    01462 450497

    The reasons for nominating this bookshop are too many to cram into 100 words. It has lost none of its charm in the 25 years I have been frequenting it, and under the energetic vision of its new manager it looks set to continue the tradition established by Mr Moore. It lies in one of Hitchin's most characterful locations, and houses more books than you could dream of, in what are two adjoining cottages. A stone's throw from the market place, but inhabiting the old centre frequented by Elizabethan George Chapman, it has an earthy olde worlde feel impossible to imitate or recapture in a dull hybrid global chain, and is now open on Sundays, when I will take my baby boy to browse when he grows older. The shop holds titles as diverse as first editions of cult local historian Reginald Hine and fantastic zipgun affordable paperbacks. A gem in a gem of a town which relies on such visionaries.
    Dr Marino Guida

    David's Bookshop, Letchworth Garden City
    14 East Cheap, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 3DP
    01462 684631

    It's not only a fine source of new and second-hand books with a friendly atmosphere and helpful staff, it's also a hallowed Letchworth institution that plays a valuable role in a sleepy community through its many activities. It buys up your old books in piles; it organises debates on topics of national or local interest; it sponsors book-readings, talks and book launches by locally-based authors; it gives 10% discounts to members of the Letchworth leisure and recreation group that itself sponsors many activities; twice a year it has days when it sells all books at 30% or 50% off; it opens seven days a week and stays open for long hours - and if you're lucky it may even give your teenage son or daughter a holiday job.
    Andrew Tarnowski

    Little Green Dragon Bookshop, Alton
    3 Normandy Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1DD
    01420 87801

    This little gem of a bookshop is shot through with the personal touch of its owners, Jackie and Christine. It is small, cosy and welcoming, while housing a seemingly impossible range of books: reference, classics, the interesting but little known, and titles that are currently making the news. Knowledgeable advice is always available for those seeking ideas and inspiration. Telephone or email orders arrive within a couple of days, postage free. The shop is intimately involved in the life of the town as a meeting point and nerve centre, hosting literary events, acting as box office for local productions, and supporting local authors. It is also the place to go for cards, wrapping paper, and especially for high quality art materials. It is always a joy to visit, but like most such establishments it needs all the support it so richly deserves.
    James Willis

    Fordingbridge Bookshop, Fordingbridge
    15 Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1AB
    01425 653725

    I first entered this bookshop at the age of 11. "I've got to write down the books I want for this prize I won at school," I told the shop owner, in a trembling voice, "but then they buy them somewhere else so I won't actually spend the money here." She spent over an hour helping me search her stock for books I really wanted to own. The result? A devoted customer. Twenty years, two undergraduate degrees and one PhD later, I have found no better bookshop, even in Oxford or Cambridge. Swift, efficient, friendly. A family business run by discerning booklovers. What more could you ask?
    Kerry Kidd

    One Tree Books, Petersfield
    7 Lavant Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3EL
    01730 261 199

    What do you want from a bookshop? They all have books, so what makes this one the best? It is its ethos, its ambience, the experience of bookishness. Do they have absolutely everything? No. But can they get it and ring next day to say its in? Yes! I want a bookshop with a smile, to be welcomed, to know names, to get advice, comment, reviews. I want a cup of coffee I want to find like-minded people. And a book club evening meeting. And an art gallery. It's all there.
    Gordon Lennox

    Volumes Bookshop, Romsey
    27 Bell Street, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8GY
    01794 516404

    I love Volumes for many reasons. As you walk in you are greeted by friendly staff. The husband-and-wife owners are young and very down to earth. If you are looking for anything in particular they will go out of their way to help you, and if they don't stock the books you want, you can order them knowing that they'll be in by the next day. They stock a good range of children's, teenage, and adult books along with non-fiction. On the second floor they have maps and travel books as well as CDs and artist materials. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxed and they cater for people of all ages. On Wednesday mornings they have story time, to which you can bring your toddlers and rest from your shopping on the second floor in their fairtrade café, in which the coffees, juices and biscuits are all fairtrade while the wonderful cakes are all home made. The prices are all very reasonable. Well worth the visit!
    Alice Gould

    October Books, Southampton
    243 Portswood Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 2NG
    023 8058 1030

    A great shop, selling books, lefty political stuff, LGBT info and entertainment, fair trade goodies (the chocolate!) and all sorts. In some ways, it's more a lifestyle choice than a bookshop, but it's great to have a little bit of independent thought in the middle of a sprawling town.
    Becky John

    P & G Wells Ltd, Winchester
    11 College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LZ
    01962 852016

    Surrounded by the formal medieval buildings of Winchester College, the slightly austere fa?e of the P&G Wells bookshop makes it look quite at home. Inside there is a good range of contemporary fiction and biography, but where Wells really comes up trumps is with its children's section: the first floor is completely dedicated to books for kids of all ages. The history, philosophy and classical sections are also strong (Wells still supplies all the educational books for the college next door) and for real bibliophiles there's a bookbinding and restoration workshop at the back of the shop.
    Sam Spedding

    The Beckenham Bookshop, Beckenham
    42 High Street, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1AY
    020 8650 9744

    A suburban high street can still be a treat to shop on, especially if there is a good bookshop to visit. Beckenham is a town with just such a thing. It is a small shop but manages to have a great range of books and really friendly and helpful staff. One of the most remarkable things is their willingness to order books for you that mostly turn up the very next day. The first time you get a phone call to say your book is in, just 24 hours after ordering it, is quite staggering. They also have a mailing list and once you join that you can expect a regular supply of news about new books and events at the shop.
    Peter Starky

    Our friendly little bookshop offers a brilliant variety of books. I particularly like browsing the new titles there, and the excellent range of children's books. As a literature student, I order all the books I need from the store and always receive them within two days. As well as being an excellent bookshop, the owners have made the shop a real community commodity through regular newsletters (you can sign up when browsing in the shop) highlighting new books and offers. Just before Christmas, there is always late opening with mulled wine and mince pies ....a real delight!
    Bea Mehta

    The main reasons for nominating this bookshop are:
    friendly, helpful service - their recommendations are always good
    a cross-section of books
    discounts and special offers
    an especially good range of children's books
    excellent ordering service, with fast delivery (usually within 24 to 48 hours!)
    great atmosphere.
    Any bookworms in the area should pay them a visit - you probably won't leave empty handed!
    Dave and Karen

    A treasure in today's world of chain bookshops. A small shop, independently owned and run by a delightful woman with a wonderful accent, with helpers who take an interest and know their stock. There is always something good to browse, and if they don't have what you're looking for, will get it quickly and without fuss. They will even post it to you if you don't want to collect. I wouldn't do that myself, as it would mean missing an opportunity of another visit to the shop!

    The Sandwich Bookshop, Sandwich
    60 King Street, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9BL
    01304 620404

    A gem of a place - with the motto 'I think therefore I read' - based in an atmospheric old grocery store tucked away in this ancient cinque port. Spend hours browsing shelves packed with everything from bestsellers to the quirky and unusual, such as titles from the beautifully produced Persephone Books, which publishes 'forgotten fiction and non-fiction by unjustly neglected authors'. Local authors, book readings and signings feature regularly. There is a discount scheme plus a fast and efficient ordering service, as well as a website for online browsers. But the shop's the thing - a real treat.
    Stephen Elves

    Sevenoaks Bookshop, Sevenoaks
    147 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1XJ
    01732 452055

    We have a wonderful book shop in Sevenoaks ... we really do love it. They know the book you want almost before you describe it, the staff are consistently available, welcoming, knowledgeable and infinitely tolerant of dogs, children and foibles. Their eclectic customers are dedicated, demanding and never disappointed - the shop even has a loyalty card scheme. It's been the same for years - after all, why change a winning formula? It's the jewel in the crown in our high street. You can happily spend hours there.
    The Sevenoaks Book Club

    Sevenoaks is blessed with the best bookshop for 50 miles - and we are only 25 miles from Charing Cross. No bookshop is better than its people, and that is where they have the edge. The co-proprietors wear their ownership lightly, and inspire loyalty in their predominently long-serving staff. Mere competence, even of the highest order, is subordinate to the evident desire to serve, however trifling the request and however great the provocation. Any modest shortcomings are at once made good with unfailingly good-natured charm.
    Michael Howard

    Halls Bookshop, Tunbridge Wells
    20 Chapel Place, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1YQ
    01892 527 842

    Established in 1898, Halls is a fantastic secondhand bookshop that sells everything from antiquarian rarities to 50p bargains. The two floors contain excellent literature, biography, history and travel sections, as well as many other subjects. Halls boasts as good a selection as many of the antiquarian bookshops on Charing Cross Road, but at half the price and with none of the attitude.
    Rupert Russell

    Bookist, Whitstable
    138 Tankerton Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 2AN
    01227 272454

    I heartily recommend Bookist, a superb new and remaindered bookshop. The pleasing depth of children's titles, large print and non-fiction books is excellent. They specialise in hard-to-find, and the prices when they do find is great. They import remainders from Canada and the US with pricing that shames other shops! There's an obligatory leather sofa for rainy afternoons. Each time I visit I buy a book even though I've only stopped for a browse - today I completed my son's collection of Simpsons books and bought five jacketless hardbacks at ?1.99 each. Now there's a bargain!
    Becky Talbot

    Harbour Books, Whitstable
    21 Harbour St, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1AQ
    01227 264011

    I love Harbour Books because it's conveniently located on the way from my house to anywhere in Whitstable. It stocks cheap copies of some wonderful books: I've recently bought David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, a whole load of Alan Hollinghursts, a couple of Angela Carters and Gillian Slovo's (Ice Road). These may not be your taste, but they have loads of other stuff too. Harbour Books is tiny, but the staff are lovely. After only a couple of nudges, they've started a shelf on "lesbian and gay interest" books, which, considering they're the size of a postage stamp, is very cool of them.
    Emily Grabham

    Houben's Bookshop, Richmond
    2 Church Court, Surrey, TW9 1JL

    Houben's is a brilliant combination bookshop with an eclectic selection of new books on the ground floor and an equally eclectic selection of used books in the basement. Upstairs, the shop contains a strong philosophy section, quirky fiction choices and a good assortment of Folio Society publications. However, the real gems are in the basement. There's a fabulous selection of nicely priced classics (they obviously have a good eye for interesting editions and bindings, as well as unusual titles), poetry and a well-honed fiction section. I have never left the shop empty-handed.
    Kate Eberwein

    Much Ado Books, Alfriston
    1 Steamer Cottage, High Street, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TY
    01323 871 222

    Owned and run by my dear friends Cate Olson and Nash Robbins, Much Ado is a bright, unexpectedly large shop in a 14th-century building combining new books with secondhand, and packed with interesting stock. Please don't tell the owners they ought to have a cafe (it drives them nuts) but you can see why people suggest it. It's a shop where you want to take your time, have a sit-down, read all morning. Very good on fiction, Bloomsbury, children's. Did you know Stella Gibbons wrote Cold Comfort Farm in Alfriston? You learn something new every day.
    Lynne Truss

    Arundel Bookshop, Arundel
    10 High Street, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB
    01903 882680

    The best secondhand bookshop in Britain - outside Hay, anyway. Catch the train from Victoria and spend the day there. When I was working at the youth hostel in Arundel, I spent many happy hours reading on the dusty stairs during my afternoons off. Much of the stuff hasn't been opened for years.
    Ros Taylor

    The Arundel Bookshop, which Ros Taylor enjoyed visiting, clearly some years ago, has changed hands. It is now called Kim's Bookshop, and still has a huge and varied wealth of books on the shelves, but has been tidied, so no longer has dusty stairs.
    Jeffery Meddle

    City Books, Brighton
    23 Western Rd, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 1AF
    01273 725306

    As a reader I can get lost for hours in the store - with its glorious odour of book - as a writer this is the way I want my books sold. Paul Sweetman is as knowledgeable about books as anyone can be and still have bones rather than pages. He persuades the world's writers to talk about their work in an un-stagemanaged fashion that leaves the multiples lagging. City Books allowed me to laugh at Alexander McCall Smith's tales of bassoon playing and marvelled at Louis de Berniere's thoughtful, elegant answers to questions about magical realism and political activism.
    Kay Sexton

    Everything a bookshop should be. Going for at least 30 years, it is small, helpful and restful, with an excellent, well-edited choice of modern fiction, children's reading, cult, reference, local authors and fantastic ordering service and frequent reader promotion. Excellent selection of cards (including self-published) and it now has smart coffee and buns upstairs in the philosophy department so there is no need to go home, ever. In-house dog. Right next to the pub.
    Viv Croot

    Mungle's Jungle, Brighton
    12 Guildford Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3FA
    01273 739373

    Mungle's Jungle, a fantastic little children's bookshop by anyone's standards, is elevated far beyond the competition purely on the basis of its proprietor, Jane Shepard. The shop, although small, is always well stocked, but Jane's knowledge and enthusiasm are key here, never failing to find the perfect book for any request. Running a story time for kids on a Saturday afternoon, she is passionate about instilling a love of reading in children of all ages and this shines through in everything she does. Simply a wonderful little shop.Dan Slessor

    Kemptown Bookshop, Brighton
    91 St. George's Rd, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1EE
    01273 682110

    In this lovely bookshop, the genuinely warm friendliness of proprietor Darion Goodwin and his ever-happy dog, Meghan, provide a much-needed oasis from all the impersonal book-hypermarkets. The knowledgeable selection of titles is a testament to Mr. Goodwin's passion for books. Upstairs is the shop's own Bookroom Cafe which is elegant and serene; while surrounded by even more books, you can relax with a fine range of pastries and light refreshments. A second-hand and out-of print book ordering service, greeting cards and book-related gifts mean Kemptown bookshop meets all your reading requirements. This really is a booklover's bookshop.
    Isobel Hiom

    Bookstack, Eastbourne
    67-68 Arndale Centre, East Sussex, BN21 3NW
    01323 430 554

    This independent has taken on the big discounters and survived. Sandwiched between branches of Sussex Stationers and Ottakar's, with a WHSmith and Waterstone's not far away, he manages to keep a good selection of bestsellers and non-fiction, much of it as discounted as at his competitors.. For me, the best feature is the slightly quirky collection of non-fiction, particularly art titles, although he also has a good range of cookery, military history, education/reference and local interest. If you like popular fiction, this is discounted, with plenty of classics as well. Upstairs there is a lovely little cafe, with cakes made by a local woman and free coffee refills, as well as the day's papers, local and national. A civilised refuge in a wilderness of Mothercare, Next, and assorted teen fashion shops.
    Denise Scott Fears

    Camilla's Bookshop, Eastbourne
    57 Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex
    01323 736001

    This amazing secondhand bookshop greets you with books piled all over the floor, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. It is a wonderful labyrinthine cavern to lose yourself in for hours on its three floors (don't miss the basement). Books on all topics imaginable and staff who seem to know where every one is. When I'm having a bad day I like to go in there for a browse, knowing I won't be able to leave without buying some gem or other. I have been known to compete with friends over who will come out with a famous pink carrier bag. Not usually a problem to fill one!
    Karen Hampson

    Spearman Books, Robertsbridge
    Mellstock, Saxonwood Road, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN33 0EY

    Spearman Books is thoroughly recommended to all second-hand book browsers. The small village shop has a wide and very reasonably priced selection ranging from classic children's books, novels and hardback volumes - particularly Kipling - to art books and first editions. There is a wide selection of books on the military and local history. The owners, Janet and John, are exceptionally helpful and well informed and will order books for you if they can not be found. Definitely worth an afternoon visit.
    M Woolf

    Martello Bookshop, Rye
    26 High Street, Rye, Sussex, TN31 7JJ
    01797 222242

    This is a really nice shop. It's only small but it has a great range it contemporary fiction, and is very open, too. It also hosts a lot of signings, and exhibitions, and I gather it also runs its own bookclub. Great section on local history too, if that's your thing.
    Andy Brockie

    A quirky collection, so you're always able to buy interesting and apposite presents for friends. Impeccable ordering service. Excellent local section of local books and maps. Good on local and visiting authors. Sells books associated with the Rye Festival after talks. A delightful place for browsing.
    Terry Burke

    Badgers Books, Worthing
    8-10 Gratwicke Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 4BH
    01903 211816

    There's a warm ambience while browsing the large and varied stock, shelved from ground to ceiling, in several rooms. Enjoy the discovery of book 'wants' and 'needs', with often a surprise or two. There's excellent advice on hand when needed from the proprietors, Ray and Meriel. All this, plus reasonable prices, makes Badgers Books the best secondhand and antiquarian bookshop in the south-east. Visitors should not overlook the impressive and ever-changing window display.
    Jeff Meddle

    A veritable literary Aladdin's cave, catering for all manner of tastes, Badgers has long been an especial favourite of my father, brother and I; childhood memories of timeless hours browsing the large stock (with the added excitement that the books were affordable on our pocket money - and still are) mean that, as adults, we now pleasurably suffer from compulsive book-purchasing. Knowledgeable and friendly advice from Ray, plus occasional rarities in the crime fiction section, make Badgers a bibliophile's delight.
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  • All about Disney!
  • Okay, are in on some Disney cartoons? Oh, I wish that these were on Disney Channel today, but nooooooooooooooooooooo................!!!!! Anyways I want to give you a treat, here's a couple of cartoons that I found on Youtube.

    Steamboat Willie:[link]
    The Wise Little Hen:[link]
    Orphan's Benefit Black and White:[link]
    Orphan's Benefit Color: [link]
    Orphan's Picnic:[link]
    The Band Concert:[link]
    Thru the Mirror:[link]
    Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip:[link]
    Karnival Kid:[link]
    Mickey's Rival:[link]
    the Golden Touch:[link]
    Casey at the Bat:[link]
    Ben and Me:[link]
    The Ugly Duckling:[link]
    The Night Before Christmas:[link]
    Santa's Workshop:[link]
    Pluto's Christmas Tree:[link]
    Lend a Paw: [link]=pn3HwkqmxII&feature=related
    Der Fueher's Face:[link]
    Donald Gets Drafted:[link]
    The Vanishing Private:[link]
    Donald's Dream Voice:[link]
    Pluto's Sweater:[link]
    Bath Day:[link]
    Camping Trip:[link]
    Oh! And if you want to see the original films, these are my favorites that you have to try out!

    Fantasia:Part 1:[link] Part2:[link]
    Three Caballeros:[link]
    Mary Poppins:[link]
    Sleeping Beauty:[link]
    The Jungle Book:[link]
    101 Dalmatians:[link]

    And here are Walt Disney thingys:
    Walt Disney One Man's Dream: Part 1:[link] Part 2:[link]
    Walt's Voice:[link]
    Epcot Plan 1:[link]
    Epcot Plan 2 [link]=pxC_a7qnGi8&feature=related
    Making of Walt Disney World:[link]
    The Multiplane Camera: [link]
    Making of Bambi 1:[link]
    Making of Bambi 2:[link]
    Making of the Haunted Mansion 1:[link]
    Mickey History: [link] Show Full Article

  • Andreas Deja
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    Andreas Deja takes part of the big current artists of the Disney studios. As his colleague Glen Keane, he has knew how to impose his style in the course of the years impose and become one of the most respected animator by his generation.
    Andreas Deja was born in 1957 in Gdansk in Poland. From 1958 he lived with his family in Dinslaken in Germany. The young boy is very fast attracted by Walt Disney's universe. First of all with comics towards the age of five, then while watching The Jungle Book in the cinema at the age of ten the young person Andreas fell in love with cartoon movies of the firm. Some years later he wrote to Disney studios to propose them his services as animator. Still not having ended his secondary studies the answer was naturally negative but this refusal motivated him. So he continues his studies in Folkwang-Schule, a school of graphic arts in Essen in Germany. At the age of 23 he proposes again his services to the Disney studios which this time accepts! It is in 1980 that the already talented young man makes his entrance to the studio where he dreamed so much to work for a long time.

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    Andreas Deja makes his classes with the veteran Eric Larson, one of Nine Old Men and begins to work on the creation of characters, the search for suits and the animation for The Black Cauldron beside Tim Burton. He works then on The Great Mouse Detective, then in the creation and in the animation of some of the characters of Oliver and Company before spending one year in London as director of the animation on Who framed Roger Rabbit?
    As director of the animation on The Little Mermaid, Andreas Deja supervised the animation of King Triton. He was then the director of the animation on Beauty and the Beast in 1991 for the character of the vain Gaston. He occupied the same post on the two next cartoons, Aladdin and The Lion King, and created the characters and the animation of Jafar and Scar. Runaway Brain over (the last short film on Mickey), Andreas Deja joins the team working on Hercules, then Fantasia 2000, Lilo and Stitch, Home on the Range and Bambi 2.

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    In 2007 he participates in the animated part of the film Enchanted in which he takes in charge the character of Queen Narissa before animating Goofy in his last short film, How to Hook Up your Home Theater. In 2008 Andreas Deja works on the animation of the future Great Classic The Princess and the Frog. The come back of the 2D in the Disney Great Classics will thus allow this great artist to return on the front of the scene, in our biggest enjoyment! Between these various productions he participates also actively in numerous making-of Great Classic such as that of Beauty and the Beast in 2002, The Lion King in 2003, Aladdin in 2004, The Little Mermaid in 2006, etc. Because besides being a great animator, Andreas Deja is also a big fan of the Disney animation feature films. If you want to know more about this great artist, I invite you to read this interview dating from his stay in Paris in 1995 (thanks to Ratgan from the Disney Central Plaza Forum for the link).


    Filmography :

    - The Black Cauldron (1985) : animator Taram and Eilowny
    - The Great Mouse Detective(1986) : animator of the Queen of the mice.
    - Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) : director of the animation of Roger Rabbit
    - Oliver and Company (1988) : character designer
    - The Little Mermaid (1989) : director of the animation of King Triton
    - The Prince and the Pauper (1990) : director of the animation of Mickey
    - Beauty and the Beast (1991) : director of the animation of Gaston
    - Aladdin (1992) : director of the animation of Jafar
    - The Lion King (1994) : director of the animation of Scar
    - Runaway Brain (1995) : director of the animation of Mickey
    - Hercules (1997) : director of the animation of Hercule adult
    - Fantasia 2000 (2000) : animator for Rhapsody in Blue + animator Mickey
    - Lilo and Stitch (2002) : director of the animation of Lilo
    - Home on the range (2004) : animator Slim et Junior
    - Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004) : consultant animator
    - Bambi 2 : (2006) consultant animator Bambi
    - How to hook up your home theater (2007) : animator Goofy
    - Enchanted (2007) : animator Queen Narissa
    - The Princess and the Frog (2009) : director of the animation of Mama Odil


    Here, some extracts from the Great Classics where the master's animation makes miracles :

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